On the edge
Seems like with each passing week the next game up is the one that will either make us or break us. Don't know about you but that's how football should make you feel. It should keep you on edge, all of the time. Or perhaps that's just acceptable to Tottenham supporters. I know most would prefer to see us play with far more confidence and comfort and brush teams aside, but that isn't happening yet. Might not happen for a while. Let's be honest, it's hardly what we have come to expect over the years. Drama is what we do best. Like a foreign language film with no subtitles, you can almost work out what's going on but you can be sure you'll know how it will end; in confusion, begging to understand what just happened.
As long as the points keep dropping into our lap then the likelihood is we'll come out of this winter period all smiles and perhaps with some rejuvenated spirit for the business end of the season. Because of the pile up of fixtures and the English festive period where games come thick and fast, it can be tricky to gain any consistency what with the rotation that comes into play.
I've given up hoping for that consistency (with selection) as Andre Villas-Boas seems to have a handle on things, more so since we've all been re-introduced to traditional wingers (rather than fixed inverted ones). Said it a month or so back, but I'd rather pick up the points between now and the New Year and concern myself with the quest for that fabled swagger in January.
Liverpool at the Lane our first point of call.
After two wins on the spin in the league against struggling sides at the bottom, we face one of our competitors for Champions League football. A side being touted as a contender, playing with purpose and recently with supreme ruthlessness thanks to Luis Suarez and his outrageous ability. A side that sits three points above us, 'us' being the side that has struggled for identity and bullish form. I get why so many Spurs fans are frustrated. We could be doing so much matter. If we're struggling and yet remain in touch with sides that are considered to be in form - then arguably we're under-achieving. Unless this is as good as it gets? I don't believe that.
Dawson marking Suarez has me shaking. No Steven Gerrard (injured - along with Sturridge, Henderson) but plenty of cohesiveness from Brendan Rodgers team. Jan Vertonghen is out, Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen are back playing. Roberto Soldado has found his shooting boots. Liverpool not always at their best away from home. We fair well against them at the Lane.
AVB is a single point away from 100 claimed as our coach. A single point won't be enough. All three will surely, finally propel us. Southampton away follows with two home games (Stoke, WBA). Massive couple of weeks. Massive statement if we win all three.